Michael J. Franklin

Liew Family Chair of Computer Science
Senior Advisor to Provost on
Computation and Data Science
Chairman, Department of Computer Science

It’s an exciting time for computer science at the University of Chicago. We’re at the center of an ambitious, multi-year effort to significantly expand the university’s computing and data science activities. In 2019, we moved into a new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility in the historic John Crerar Library Building in the heart of the science quad. With plenty of collaboration and meeting spaces, flexible lab space, expanded instructional labs and with new neighbors such as the Media Arts, Data and Design Center, the Data Science Institute, and campus visualization and GIS facilities, we’re at a hub of activity for advanced computing and data.

We’re also in the process of doubling the size of our faculty and PhD programs. We’ve made strategic hires in data science, security, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction, and have built on our traditional strengths of computer systems and theoretical computer science. We’re also playing key roles in campus initiatives in areas as varied as quantum computing, urban studies, FinTech, and translational data science for health care, medicine and other fields.    

We provide a growing set of options for Masters programs, including our increasingly popular Masters Program in Computer Science (MPCS), the Computational Analytics and Public Policy (CAPP), which is joint with Harris Public Policy, and a joint program with the Booth School of Business. Our PhD and Masters programs produce highly qualified graduates for careers in academia, industry, and government.

At the undergraduate level, we are one of the fastest growing majors in the College, and we have been welcoming more students than ever into our courses. We’ve also been expanding research opportunities for undergrads in our department and across the College. Our students are in high demand from top companies across many industries, government agencies, and by the best graduate programs in computer science and other fields.

UChicago CS benefits from and contributes to the University of Chicago’s excellence across the spectrum of sciences, policy, business, and medicine, and emphasizes the importance of collaboration and cross-fertilization across these domains. The local research ecosystem also includes partners such as Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and many top universities within driving distance. Of course, we also benefit from the vibrant and diverse economy of the Chicago area, including its expanding tech sector, and the city’s status as a national cultural center.

We’re thrilled about this new era for University of Chicago Computer Science, and invite you to learn more by exploring this website, following us on social media, and visiting us at our new home on the UChicago campus.